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Texas RR hosts Memorial Day Armed Forces Event

14th annual event offers visitors a chance to step back in military history to celebrate our Armed Forces
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RUSK, Texas -- The 14th Annual Memorial Day Armed Forces Event will be held at the Texas State Railroad on May 27-29. The event offers visitors a chance to see military history come to life with a U.S.O. show and dinner, mock battle train rides, and other activities throughout the weekend.

On Friday, May 27, the event begins with a historic military transport one-way train ride from the Rusk Depot with a special consist that includes freight cars with vintage military tanks and vehicles. On Saturday, May 28, at the Palestine Depot, activities include two mock battle train rides to the "German Village of Rheinhausen," a U.S.O. Show and Dinner with live musical entertainment from a 1940s Swing Band, and living history exhibits, reenactments, veterans memorial ceremony, and Huey helicopter rides. On Sunday, May 29, the weekend concludes with a mock battle train ride and the return of the military transport train to Rusk.

"This is a special event that we are proud to be a part of each year," said Dave Schranck, general manager. "We are especially excited about the new 1940s USO Show and Dinner that will be held on Saturday afternoon which includes a delicious dinner, a great swing band, and dancing."

Tickets prices for each activity or train ride range from $5-$35. A special Patton Package option is available for $35 per person ages 2 and over, which includes a ticket to the USO Show Dinner and one of the mock battle train rides. All train rides during the weekend include seating in the new premium Lone Star Class. The one-way historic military transport train rides on Friday and Sunday are free to veterans and active military families, based on availability.

Advanced reservations are recommended. For reservations, visit or call 1-888-987-2461.

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